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Video Games On The Front Lines
Kotaku ^ | 2/12/2011 | Brian Ashcraft

Posted on 02/12/2011 7:28:08 PM PST by Saije

Long hours, hard work, crap weather. Then there’s the boredom, the long hours of boredom, followed by the bursts of heart-pounding adrenaline. This is war.

And it’s video games that keep many of those serving in the world they’ve left behind. This is video games as a way to stay connected, a way to stay sane, a way to make friends when friends matter most and even a way to feel the love of a spouse left behind. They alleviate boredom in the bunkers, on the battlefield and even in commando centres overlooking silos stacked with nuclear missiles.

For much of the last century, troops played a few hands of poker or checkers. These days, it’s video games. And why wouldn’t it be? It’s a job like any other, but just one with different stress from your typical 9 to 5.

Last week, Kotaku asked members of the armed forces to recall their gaming memories and to put into words what gaming means to them. The response was overwhelming — and not limited to the U.S. armed forces. The servicemen and women were insightful, polite and respectful. And while I sadly will not be able to recount every single story I heard, the sense that I got was those in the service want civilians to know just how important video games are.

These are their stories.

The Private

“When I went to basic training, the most frequent conversations we had other than women we would like to get with was video games,” says Nick. What games they were going to buy, what games they recommended and what games they thought were utter crap. Gaming was and is the lingua franca.

(Excerpt) Read more at kotaku.com.au ...


TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: entertainment; military; videogames; war
Women, then video games. That sounds about right.
1 posted on 02/12/2011 7:28:13 PM PST by Saije
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To: Saije

seems like beer should be in that list somewhere too <(


2 posted on 02/12/2011 8:45:11 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: Saije

Permanent link: http://www.kotaku.com.au/2011/02/video-games-on-the-front-lines/


3 posted on 02/12/2011 11:31:36 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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